With summer drawing to a close it does not mean the fun has to stop. In fact for dogs, it can mean even more fun, especially when visiting the beach. In the autumn and winter season the beaches are often quieter and therefore more dog friendly, also with the cooler weather you will not have to worry as much about heatstroke .
Top tips to ensure the best beach walks for dogs this autumn and winter:
- Always clean up after your dog.
- Some areas, including promenades, may ask you to keep your dog on a lead.
- Many beaches have restrictions on dogs from around Easter time to the end of September. Check the council’s website for up to date information before you travel.
- Be mindful of other dogs, it is important to remember that not all dogs want to play.
The best beach walks for dogs in the south:
Beach walks for dogs: Widemouth Bay, near Bude, Cornwall
Facilities: Car parks at either end and cafés at both ends too. The Widemouth Bay Café is happy to have dogs inside. There are also public toilets and showers, and a beach shop and surf hire. Also lifeguards.
Beach: West Wittering, East Sussex
Facilities: There is a huge car park right next to the beach, with toilets and a café. Car park is cash only and the price changes with the seasons and weekend, so check the website before you go. There are lots of bins.
Beach: Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock, Dorset
Facilities: Hive Beach café is fabulous, with views out to sea. Dogs are welcome in the café. Toilets are next door to the café. Lots of dog friendly pubs nearby.
Beach: Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire
Facilities: Parking and toilet facilities are near-by as well as a cafe. The beach backs on to a nature reserve and the Land Fouling Act is enforced so carry your poop bags as always.
Beach: Babbacombe, Devon
There is a small car park near-by and slipway access to the beach. Dogs are welcome all year round and there is a cafe/pub within walking distance.
Beach: Berrow, Somerset
flat wide sands, backed by sand dunes, make it a very pleasant place for walking. Avoid the shoreline at low tide where a dangerous area of soft sand and mud is exposed.
Where are your favourite beaches to walk your dog?